Campus Safety - Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

The Pierce College Emergency Management Plan includes information about College operating status parameters; incident priorities; shelter-in-place and evacuation guidelines; and local contingency and continuity planning requirements. College Departments are responsible for developing contingency plans and continuity of operations plans for their staff and areas of responsibility. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the institution. Campus Safety officers, supervisors and the Director, have received training in Incident Command and Responding to Critical Incidents on Campus.

When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually; Campus Safety, the Lakewood Police and/or West Pierce Fire & Rescue at the Ft. Steilacoom campus; and Campus Safety, the Puyallup Police, and/or Central Pierce Fire & Rescue at the Puyallup campus. They typically respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other Pierce College departments and other local or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.

General information about the emergency response and evacuation procedures for Pierce College are publicized each year as part of the institution's Clery Act compliance efforts and is available on the Pierce College Campus Safety web site. Detailed information and updates to the Pierce College Emergency Management Plan and Departmental Contingency and Continuity Plans are available upon request.

All members of the Pierce College community are advised on an annual basis that they are required to notify Campus Safety of any situation or incident on campus that involves a significant emergency or dangerous situation that may involve an immediate or ongoing threat to the health and safety of students and/or employees on campus. Campus Safety has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate, and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, Campus Safety has a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does indeed pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community, or the appropriate segments of the community, that may be affected by the situation.

Chris MacKersie
Director of Safety & Assistant Director of Facilities

Jose Nieves
Program Manager

Fort Steilacoom

Campus Safety Office
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Cascade Building, C311
Office: (253) 964-6751

Office Hours:
M-Th: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Benjamin Gomes


Campus Safety Office
1601 39th Avenue SE
Gaspard Building, A117
Office: (253) 840-8481

Office Hours:
M-Th: 8 a.m. - Noon

Maureen Rickertsen